Friday, June 24, 2011

and in LA I am a world traveler







(Observe the found Oxford blouse, Vintage Levi cut-off shorts, Comme des Garçons camera satchel bag, Surface to Air wedges, Spike Jonze for Opening Ceremony spike Pamela Love ring, Vintage cuff)






All photos by: Ja Tecson

I was sent over some stellar pieces from the lovely sisters Hannah and Wendy of Observe the Found-which is a line that consists of one-of-a-kind pieces. Their pieces are fun, unique, and a reinvention of conflict-free pieces that transcend to current silhouettes for the season. OTF pieces are rediscovered from all over the world, hand-selected for luxuriant fabric and beautiful detailing.

My friend Ja (who I've known since the weeee early days of high school, whoa) and I, have had a recent reconnection. Working as a professional photographer these days, we decided to roam the streets of memories past and photograph in some of the most historical areas in downtown Los Angeles: Chinatown and Olvera Street.


Ja

Chinatown: The first Chinese was recorded to be in Los Angeles in 1852. Continuous settlement began in 1857. By 1870, an identifiable "Chinatown" of 200 or so was situated on Calle de Los Negros - Street of the Dark Hued Ones - a short alley 50 feet wide and one block long between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street. These early, mostly male, Chinese were mainly laundrymen, market gardeners, agricultural and ranch workers, and road builders. Despite the heavy discrimination in the late 19th century, Chinese held a dominant economic position in the Los Angeles laundry and produce industries for several years of this period. Consequently, old Chinatown flourished, expanding eastward from the Plaza across Alameda Street and eventually attaining a population of over 3000. The Exclusion Acts inhibited any real growth for many years.

Olvera Street: is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many Latinos refer to it as "La Placita Olvera." Circa 1911 it was described as Sonora Town. Having started as a short lane, Wine Street, it was extended and renamed in honor of Agustín Olvera, a prominent local judge, in 1877. There are 27 historic buildings lining Olvera Street, including the Avila Adobe, the Pelanconi House and the Sepulveda House. In 1930, it was converted to a colorful Mexican marketplace.

Well kids that was my history lesson for the day. If you like the clothes that you see here from OTF (Observe the Found) Hannah is having a fashion show this Saturday (tomorrow) and I'm sure will be available for purchase sooner than later.

Observe the Found fashion show:
Premiere Club
1710 N. Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
9PM-2 AM


P.S.

There's nothing like looking at photos of yourself with long hair to make you some what miss it! Especially since this was the day I decided to cut my hair off! The grass is always greener I suppose, but I still love my short hair!

-Monique

3 comments:

  1. The outfits are awesome! I love your style!

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